Media and White Supremacy: This website features historically suppressed imagery long overdue for public consumption. As America basked in its image of tolerance as “the world’s melting pot”, American media gratuitously obliged their white supremacist bloodlines by ensuring that only Caucasians actually entered that pot, thereby affirming social conservatives’ mandate to restrict Camelot, or our country’s version of it, Americana, to whites. Media like the Saturday Evening Post dutifully featured pristine white Americana, never black Americana, though there were few visual differences except skin tones and material assets. The military, newspapers, Madison Avenue and Hollywood also obliged white supremacists with narcissistic whitewash of European-American culture and damning blackwash of African-American life. Thus, the nation’s regions never saw images of deserving black military, black little leagues and black cub scouts. No one ever learned of our accomplished parents, professionals and patriots or our Opies”,“Shirley Temples”, “Aunt Bees” and “Ward Cleavers because the political correctness enforced by white supremacy sympathizers filtered out those clearly visible images, substituting instead the propaganda of imagined black criminals, thugs and buffoons for broadcast to gullible whites in their restricted communities. Media bombarded America’s communities with bogus stereotypes of white heroes in comics and movies, including cop-killers, alongside equally bogus stereotypes of black low-lifes and cop-bashers. As a result of that messaging, white objectivity and black self-esteem diminished while inflammatory white bravado and black resentment increased. Those four wounds still plague our lives and politics to the detriment of African-Americans’ well-being as evidenced by the Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice tragedies. Thanks to such flagrant and historic media bias, renegade white prosecutors, juries, police, vigilantes and citizens do not know or care that the kind of people featured in this website ever existed. The Post cover below is the perfect icon for the racist paradigm of black intrusion into “their” Camelot.

No, that’s not an N&W executive or Jim Anderson; it’s my grandfather, Harvey Gray Dudley, Sr. Daddy Harvey, despite his discipline, character, charisma and many talents, was restricted by racist policies at the Norfolk & Western Railway to work and pay as an entry-level laborer for his entire 40+ year career simply because he was African-American. I adored him. He is shown with grandsons Vernon, me and Skeetz in Portsmouth in 1946. Vernon seems to be doing a great impression of “Opie” long before that character was created for television.

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Evelyn Majors Sears was the wife of my Dad’s 1st cousin, Ernest Sears. When they visited our home around 1955, I thought she and her three daughters, Candy, Sherry and India were very attractive. I told Aunt Evelyn that she looked like actress Phyllis Kirk, whom I had just seen in a movie. She seemed really flattered.

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Great grandpa Ike Brooks was a farmer, church elder and legendary swimmer.  He inherited parts of 1,000 acres of land  that his free,  mulatto father, Jerry Brooks, son of a slave and free woman,  acquired in Crowders Mountain, North Carolina long before the Civil War began.

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You won’t see black sailors in Hollywood’s “The Longest Day”, or television’s “McHale’s Navy”, but here you can see my uncle, Clifton Whitworth, Jr., who saw World War II action.. The military, movies and media wanted Americans to believe that only white men were  brave warriors and patriots.

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My all-black high school had four well-kept secrets. They were  the above World War II pilots who received wings as Tuskegee Airmen. America defied logic by ignoring the patriotism and sacrifices of its literal and figurative black sheep squadron while absurdly featuring  white fighter pilots as “black sheep”  on television because of their off-duty foolish and feckless behaviors. Pictured L-R above are the school’s ignored black heroes from Virginia’s separate and unequal era -  Lt. Col. Teddy Wilson, 2nd Lt. Leroi Williams, 1st Lt. Eugene Williams and 2nd Lt. Ralph Claytor.  Leroi and Eugene Williams were brothers who were killed in separate air accidents.  All four deceased black heroes were finally recognized city-wide in 2012, largely through my efforts, for service to their country - sixty seven years after the war ended.

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